Huka Lodge must be the most famous place to stay in New Zealand. The Queen has stayed there, and other royals. The setting on the banks of the Waikato River is exceptional. The main lodge is warm, welcoming and beautifully decorated with Scottish and fishing and hunting themes and colours reflecting those of the river. The rooms are pretty well perfection.
We had two dinners, one outstanding and the other somewhat less than we had hoped for. The New Zealand wines were excellent. At breakfast, you would expect to be greeted and have table cleared and re-set, but one morning these things didn't happen. Don't order soft-boiled eggs, because they may come out hard.
The owners have a South African connection and like to display game trophies. We are fond of animals but less so of stuffed heads, and a gun-rack made from gazelle's feet is a bit off.
Huka Lodge is a stunning place by any standard, but it needs some fresh thinking to keep its stellar reputation.
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- Also Known As:
- Huka Hotel Taupo